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Transitioning to an Area-Based Election System

The Dublin San Ramon Services District is transitioning in 2019 from an at-large election system to an area-based election system, under the California Voting Rights Act. Along with the City of San Ramon, San Ramon Valley Unified School District, San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District, and the Town of Danville, DSRSD received a demand letter dated Nov. 5, 2018, from Walnut Creek-based attorney Scott Rafferty, representing the Bay Area Voting Rights Initiative and demanding DSRSD change its current at-large election system to an area-based election system. Currently, all five members of the Board of Directors are chosen by constituents from the District’s entire service area. Under area-based elections, DSRSD will be divided into five separate election areas, and voters residing in each individual area will select one representative to serve on the Board.

At the Jan. 15, 2019, meeting, the DSRSD Board adopted a resolution of intent to transition from an at-large to an area-based election system. The District expects the transition process to be completed by May 7. DSRSD will hold public hearings to give community members an opportunity to participate in the process.

The first two meetings will focus on creating election area boundaries:

6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5
Alcosta Senior & Community Center, Garden View Room
9300 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon

6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19
The Wave, Community Room
4201 Central Parkway, Dublin

Items available for public review prior to the first hearing:

Items available for public review and use following the Feb. 19 hearing:

The third and fourth meetings are for the public to give input on draft maps and proposed sequence of elections:


6 p.m. Tuesday, March 19
Dougherty Station Community Center, Front Row Theater
17011 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon

6 p.m. Tuesday, April 2
Shannon Community Center, Ambrose Hall
11600 Shannon Ave., Dublin

Draft maps will be published at least seven days before the meetings. Check this page for updates.

The Board will then consider an introduction of an ordinance establishing area-based elections:

6 p.m. Tuesday, April 16
Shannon Community Center
11600 Shannon Ave., Dublin


At a final public hearing, the Board of Directors will consider adoption of the ordinance:

6 p.m. Tuesday, May 7
Shannon Community Center, Ambrose Hall
11600 Shannon Ave., Dublin


Questions can be directed to contact@dsrsd.com or Lea Blevins at 925-875-2294.